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Street works permit scheme

Street works permit scheme

Together with other councils in the North East, we received a letter from the Secretary of State for Transport in July 2018. This letter asked us to introduce a permit scheme for street works activities.

The main reason behind the request is that it will give us greater control over works on our highway network. Along with our regional colleagues, we intend to introduce a permit scheme, which is already in progress.

During 2019 we designed a permit scheme for Gateshead, working in cooperation with other authorities in the region. Our draft scheme was subject to consultation, as required by the Traffic Management Permit Scheme (England) Regulations 2007 (as amended), with the consultation period ending on Wednesday 30 October 2019.

The revised draft scheme was approved by the Council's Cabinet on 17 December 2019 and the legal Order creating the scheme was made on 19 February 2020. The scheme takes effect on 23 March 2020.

Benefits of a permit scheme

The total length of the highway network in Gateshead is more than 560 miles (900km) and reflects the mixed character of Gateshead. These networks range from major urban routes to minor rural roads.

The network includes:

  • 740 miles (1191 Km) of footway
  • 32,000 streetlights
  • 289 bridges and other highway structures
  • 170 traffic signal-controlled junctions or crossings

An efficient road network is an important element of our vision of making Gateshead a place where everyone thrives. It is fundamental to the borough's economy, enabling businesses to deliver goods and services. It allows local people to access services such as:

  • health
  • education
  • employment
  • leisure activities

It also keeps communities connected and is vital for visitors to the borough and wider region.

Roadworks can cause significant disruption to the smooth running of the network. This includes by utility companies, developers and maintenance work by the authority. Whilst this may be necessary work, it is important that it is managed as effectively as possible.

Under the permit scheme, promoters must book time on the highway network by applying for a permit before carrying out any works. Special arrangements will apply in respect of emergency works.

Similar schemes have already been implemented by most other English local authorities and the Government considers these to be a success.  A permit scheme will allow us to manage and coordinate essential roadworks. In particular, it will aim to:

  • increase the efficient running of the highway network
  • protect the structure of the street and the apparatus belonging to utility companies and others within it
  • improve the safety of those using the street and those working on activities that fall within the scheme
  • ensure that better and more accurate information is available for road users about work on the highway

In addition, national statutory guidance for all permit schemes in England can be found on GOV.UK.


Icon for pdf Permit consultation responses [170.74KB]

Icon for pdf Permit scheme for road works and street works [806.71KB]

Icon for pdf Secretary of State's letter [33.76KB]

Icon for pdf Gateshead permit scheme proposal letter [140.26KB]

Icon for pdf Consultation letter (signed) [103.45KB]

Icon for pdf Cost Benefit Analysis Executive Summary [100.93KB]

Icon for pdf Consultation Draft [739.59KB]

Icon for word Consultation questions [81.77KB]

Permit scheme documents

Icon for pdf Gateshead permit scheme for road works and street works document (Final - March 2020) [788.8KB]

Icon for pdf Gateshead permit scheme for road works and street works commencement letter (February 2020) [54.21KB]

Icon for pdf Gateshead street works permit scheme sealed order 2020 [62.09KB]

Icon for pdf Fee Summary [194KB]

Icon for pdf Permit scheme annual review 2021 [591.51KB]


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Gateshead Council
Civic Centre
Regent Street

Phone: 0191 433 3092

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